Everton reject Manchester United’s £50m bid for Jarrad Branthwaite – sources

Everton reject Manchester United’s £50m bid for Jarrad Branthwaite – sources

Manchester United have seen a second bid worth a total of £50 million ($64 million) for Jarrad Branthwaite rejected, with Everton demanding close to £70 million for the defender, sources have told ESPN.

The 22-year-old made his senior England debut against Bosnia and Herzegovina at the end of last season before missing out on Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad for Euro 2024.

Despite failing to make the flight to Germany with England, Branthwaite emerged as one of the Premier League’s brightest defensive prospects last season.

United have identified the former Carlisle player as a priority target as the club look to rebuild their squad this summer. They tabled an initial offer of £35m plus £8m in performance-related bonuses for Branthwaite last month – an offer that was quickly rejected by Everton.

And they have now seen an increased offer to transfer Branthwaite follow suit.

Sources have told ESPN that the Goodison Park club value Branthwaite, who cost just £1m when he signed from EFL League Two side Carlisle in January 2020, at £70m and is unlikely to accept United’s latest offer.

Although Everton’s financial constraints have eased in recent weeks with the departures of Ben Godfrey, Dele Alli, Andre Gomes and Lewis Dobbin helping the club comply with profit and sustainability regulations, any deal to offload Branthwaite would involve an obligation to pay Carlisle 15% of any transfer fee due to the terms of the deal that brought the player to Goodison four years ago.

Meanwhile, United are also actively interested in Bayern Munich’s Matthijs de Ligt and Bologna striker Joshua Zerkzee and the club are trying to fund moves in the transfer market by offloading several players, including Mason Greenwood, Jadon Sancho, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Donny van de Beek.

Defenders Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof, whose contracts expire in June 2025, could also be transferred if United are successful in their attempts to sign Branthwaite or De Ligt.